Ackbal is new air force chief

Chief of defence forces Affendi Buang hands over the RMAF baton of command to Ackbal Abdul Samad during the handing-over of duties ceremony at the Subang air base. (Bernama pic)

SUBANG: Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) deputy chief Lt Gen Ackbal Abdul Samad was today appointed as the 19th chief of the air force.

He succeeds Gen Affendi Buang, who took over as the new chief of defence forces yesterday.

The ceremony for affixing the general’s rank on Ackbal was performed by Affendi himself at the Subang air base here.

Affendi also handed over the RMAF baton of command to Ackbal at the handing-over of duties ceremony.

In his speech, Affendi congratulated Ackbal and said he was the best candidate to lead the RMAF.

“I am confident that Ackbal can continue RMAF’s legacy of excellence and lead it towards the RMAF vision to be a leading force,” he said.